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Man guilty of infant's death

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Posted at 8:09 PM, Jun 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-13 20:09:00-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida man has been convicted of killing his girlfriend's infant son.

 

      A Palm Beach County jury found 22-year-old Carlos Rivera guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. He faces life in prison.

 

      According to the Palm Beach Post, autopsy photos showed 11-month-old Christiano Belle-Felix had a black eye and burned hand. Medical experts say he died in December 2009 from blunt force trauma he suffered during a time he was left alone with Rivera.

 

      Defense attorneys tried to convince jurors that the boy's mother, Jessica Belle-Chaves, could have been the one responsible for the baby's death. Belle-Chaves testified that she'd lived in virtual captivity for weeks with Rivera